April 19th, 2008
06:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton camp: Obama was a 'hypocrite from day one'

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused surrogates for Barack Obama of resurrecting her controversial comments over Bosnian sniper fire Saturday.

"One of the inherent duties of the president of the United States is to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day,” said Gen. Walter Stewart on an Obama campaign conference call on the issue of Bosnia - remarks circulated by the Clinton campaign Saturday afternoon.

“Now we can assume, and let's keep in mind that Senator Clinton has said she was under sniper fire, or she joked about, which to me was the cruelest part of all this, she joked about it with Jay Leno. … Imagine the lack of moral authority she has now to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day.”

Clinton had faced criticism for claiming that her plane landed under sniper fire during a trip to Bosnia she made as First Lady.

The Clinton campaign pointed to Obama’s statement at Wednesday night’s debate that his campaign only commented on the Bosnia incident when asked. "When it comes to negative campaign tactics, Senator Obama has been a hypocrite from day one, decrying attack politics from one side of his mouth while he and his campaign wage a character assassination effort from the other,” said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer. “The juxtaposition of Senator Obama’s comments in the debate and the remarks made on his campaign conference call this afternoon prove the point."

soundoff (495 Responses)
  1. sgr

    Is Hillary Clinton mentally ill, or does she have some kind of split personality? These crazy comments cme from her on a daily basis now. The pressure she is under now is nothing like what she would be under as President, especially now given the dire nature of the war, the economy education and healthcare. How would she conduct herself as President? Is she going to rant and rave everytime she is criticized. She is acting unstable, flighty and irrational. Exactly what many people expect of a woman. Never have I seen a politician so desperate to win an office.

    Bosnia would not be an issue had she not repeatedly bragged about being under sniper fire. Here's a novel idea. Tell the truth, then you don't have to worry about a story coming back to haunt you!

    April 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. T M Oak Creek,

    Correction of 9:47 pm, Sen. Obama did not refer to the people of P. A. only, he was speaking of people in general.

    April 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Mike

    I agree... I can not believe people think that he is all about new politics... this is the same old game... wake up!!!

    One of his new healthcare ads proves this as well... he got called on it by the media...

    Obama's ad is somewhat misleading. Clinton has never said people would be "forced" to buy coverage they can't afford. Her proposal offers tax subsidies that would help people purchase coverage, and many independent analysts believe the subsidies would reduce costs as much as Obama's plan.

    How is he about change??? ... a different kind of Washington??? Give me a break... he is just like every politician!!!

    April 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Coloradan

    Hillary R. Clinton makes me SICK.

    SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK! SICK!

    April 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Marrissa in Burlington, NC

    yeah right HRC camp! hopefully people are not as dumb and blind as they were in 2000 and 2004. anyone that has paid ANY attention to this primary season can clearly see it was DEFINITELY hillary's camp that began the negitive campaigning and character attacks!!! who are they trying to kid??? oh, that's right – their own supporters!

    April 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. True Patriotism

    Hillary if you can't stand the heat, then stay out the kitchen.

    April 19, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    Are you kidding me...." Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused surrogates for Barack Obama of resurrecting her controversial comments over Bosnian sniper fire Saturday".
    Sen. Clinton RESURRECTED EVERY NEGATIVE ADD THAT WAS EVER SAID ABOUT Sen. Obama on the National Stage Wed Night. This woman is unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Dancing on the head of a pin

    Wow not this is getting heated. Clinton is called on the carpet and she's saying Obama camp is wrong. Please she did it to herself. He tried to play fair. The gloves are off now. I hate to see it but, she allowed that mess to go on on Wednesday at the debate and now she wants to cry foul. Talk about Hypocrisy, Geesh.

    April 19, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Another thinking voter

    I grow tired of all this. Both are stained by their own
    'misspeaks." Sometimes, the more one gets to know another, the more dislikable they become. I feel that way about both these democrats. Sad. Just get back to the issues...please.

    April 19, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. David in San Francisco

    So please tell me how Hillary Clinton is any different?

    My all time favorite: the Clinton campaign hammered at Obama for days about his stance on NAFTA after the meeting between his economic advisor and Canadian officials. When Obama's campaign finally responded by pointing to Clinton's book "Living History" - published in 2003 (after her husband left the White House) - where she praised NAFTA, her campaign responded by decrying what they called as Obama's "Rovian" tactics.

    Explain to me how that's not hypocritical.

    April 19, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. cmitchell

    Clinton if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. You tried to jab knofes in Obama on Wednesday debate. So what does that say about you? You will take any opportunity you can to dis-credit Obama, but when someone say anything about you, you start that whinning. If was cruel of you to make a joke about something that important, when our troops are over there risking there lives, and you who wants the Commander in Chief, felt it was ok to make jokes about what clearly was a lie. Please, Hillary get out now , you have really disgrace yourself and the whole womans race, with how you handle this whole campaign.

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Lino "Hussein"

    Hillary is a Monster.... They accuse their opponents of their weakest points to try to level the field.... The same status quo and old politics of always.... Do us a favor: GO HOME!

    April 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Seth

    Barack wasn't talking about the future, Mrs. Clinton. He did not say "We will never ever bring up Bosnia without being asked." He said that up until this point they had never purposefully brought up Bosnia.

    So Hillary's complaint has ZERO merit.

    April 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Disgusted

    Hillary why not take your 110 million and go on an extended shopping spree around the world......100 times.

    April 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. doon

    the only hypocrite in this campaign is HRC, not to mention Billy boy. Hypocrites and liars. They are scarey people, and we are wise to once and for all be done with them. Remember voters, she'll DO anything, SAY anything to win this campaign and I still don't know why. Her proprosals though similar to Obama's aren't as good as noted by several congressman. She's intent on destroying the Democratic party. She's desperate, and scarey.

    April 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Bill

    I guess Hillary isn't that comfortable in the kitchen after all!

    April 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Hanley in Philadelphia

    Phil Singer is absolutely right. The Obama campaign, while spouting words about its avoidance of the "old politics," was the FIRST to use such tactics when they deliberately misrepresented Hillary's healthcare plan in a flyer a few weeks ago. Then, they came out with that ad with the big lie about his being "the only candidate " who doesn't take money from oil companies. (They had to correct both "mistakes.")

    But, then, they, and people like Reich and Richardson, have the nerve to complain about Hillary's "tactics" when all she does is say "Shame on Barack" for the heallthcare lie one and she corrects Obama on the second. Are these Obama people living in the real world? Sadly, they seem to be getting away with their distortions when we can have a supposedly intelligent man like Reich claiming tha that he just had to endorse Obama becuase of Hillary's tactics. Do these people have selective hearing skills or what? Maybe, as Singer said, they're just dyed in the wool hypocrites!

    April 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. Hillary, Liar from Day 1

    And Karen calls Hillary a PATHETIC LIAR FROM DAY 1

    April 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Catherine

    Clinton, what is that saying about the pot calling the kettle black?

    April 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. Benny

    Sorry Hillary. Barack will be the nominee. Seems like you're looking for every little thing to get an edge....

    April 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Maggie VT

    Perhaps it might be better for Senator Clinton to start thinking about her own image. Doesn't sound like she is doing that well in that department. And what kind of hipocrite is Senator Clinton when she gives speeches and lies while telling them and then admits she lied? And Bill defends her with "when you get to be 60"? Well, I am 64 and I don't lie and I don't make stories up to make myself look good either

    April 19, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Hawkeye

    Once a liar always a liar. She is no more qualified to be President than the man in the moon. This is one sick women and after Tuesday a former Presidential candidate.

    April 19, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. From Canada

    After Hillary's shameful behavior on that debate night she deserves to be attacked about bosnia this way

    April 19, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. wanda

    Obama wants to appear as the man who is above dirty political tactics. But, he has his surrogates go out on the field like vicious attack dogs.

    If it wasn't for the media's infatuation with this man, and its lack of responsible reporting, he would have been history. While his supporters were outraged at the way the last debate went ( several questions were tossed his way, which made him visibly unnerved) this was the first time moderators dared ask him character related questions. They'll need to get used to the unavoidable scrutiny heading his way. I can understand the reason for him not wanting to engage in any further debates, he is out of his element and does not appear to be in command of the policies or any other matter that is not scripted. He could not even explain the capital gains tax.

    April 19, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. JanetSue

    Who is Hilary to call someone else a hypocrite? She has been "mud slinging" her whole campaign!! PLUS,she LIED about the Bosnia trip! Oh,she claims it was a mistake,thats alot of bull.She just got caught up in her own lies,not unlike her dear hubby.

    April 19, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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